With the money Steam is making, Valve could hire a small team to run basic quality tests on the products they sell.
CJ_Parker wrote on Feb 10, 2017, 15:07:
Well, the fee is recoupable. It's not gone. I don't see a reason why anyone who is really serious about game development shouldn't be able to afford a $5K admission fee. I'd consider that pretty low actually. If you want to found a business then you need to show up with some capital in most countries and it's usually WAY more than a measly $5K.
It's low for business costs, but many indie devs are more like struggling artists, not businesses.
But I guess if they set the price too high, there'll just be a flood of Kickstarters to fund the publishing fee.